Just because your weight loss goals have been reached doesn’t mean you’re done shaping up. If you’re still having trouble with belly fat, love handles, or other stubborn fat deposits, body sculpting can help you put the finishing touches on your figure. The question is, how soon should you begin treatment after reaching your goal weight?
Laughlin Plastic Surgery in Annapolis, Maryland, provides CoolSculpting® that can help you achieve your body image goals. However, you must first lose your excess weight, as body sculpting isn’t an all-in-one weight loss solution.
Understanding weight fluctuation
After plenty of dieting, exercise, and effort, you’ve likely begun to see progress in your looks. This payoff is more than cosmetic; you’re taking weight off your joints and improving your overall health by losing weight, but you might not be satisfied with how you look.
Even if you’re getting results in the mirror and on the scale, they might not be the ones you want and might not last forever.
Certain body areas collect fat more easily than others and hold onto it longer. This creates stubborn fat deposits that cling to your figure even after losing considerable weight. The issue with this is that there is no way to target fat loss, only gain muscle. To get rid of these deposits, fat reduction will be necessary.
There is also the matter of weight fluctuation and the possibility that you might regain weight that you’ve lost. While maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle can help you keep the weight off, it’s normal for your weight to shift as you transition from an active weight-loss regimen to a more sustainable schedule.
Trying to eat and exercise like you’re losing weight forever is a losing game, and you’re just setting yourself up for failure. Instead, focus on finding a healthy middle ground and then reassess your expectations for your body once your weight has stabilized.
When to seek fat reduction
Whether you’re pleased with the results of your weight loss or not, you shouldn’t rush into fat reduction treatments like body sculpting. Even noninvasive methods have side effects and consequences to consider, and you don’t want to waste money on reducing fat before you’ve reached a stable weight.
The difficult thing about the stabilization phase is that it’s different for everyone. It can take up to a year for your body to stabilize after a period of weight loss, especially if you eliminated entire food groups or followed a strict diet during your program.
However, it typically takes about three months to see how your body will respond to your new lifestyle. During this time, you can expect some changes as your body absorbs the additional calories and adjusts to receiving extra again. If you continue eating healthy portions and exercising regularly, this should level into a tenable weight.
Once this happens, the time is ripe to begin the next step of your weight loss journey. If there are areas that you’re still unhappy with, you can begin discussing targeted solutions that will actually work.
A common noninvasive form of fat reduction is CoolSculpting, which uses cryolipolysis to freeze and disable fat cells. The patented cooling technique leaves surrounding tissues like muscle and skin unaffected. As fat cells are broken down, they get absorbed into the lymphatic system and flushed out of your body naturally. This allows you to reduce fat in specific areas without surgery.
CoolSculpting is a perfect choice for those who have successfully reached their desired weight but still want to slim down select parts of their body, such as their upper arms, lower abdomen, and hips.
Recently finished a weight loss program? Interested in further improving your figure? Learn more about CoolSculpting by calling Laughlin Plastic Surgery at 410-205-5629 or visiting the contact page for more options.